Daisuke Tanabe // Chiba, Japan

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Mukul: How was it like to grow up in Chiba?
Daisuke: I have not  grown up there really. I moved and travelled to various places in Japan and learnt life. Growing up in Japan is simple and nice, it’s really different from rest of the world.

Mukul: How did music happen?
Daisuke: It happened naturally. I had some inclinations towards sounds when I was around 10 or something. I used to keep my music making or track making, as pure hobby until I was 13. It was later when I shared my music with others

Mukul: How do you find living in Japan along with your constant travels to various spaces and cultures around the world?
Daisuke: It is kind of mixed. It feels comfortable but it also feels as though am away from home. I feel everything when am away, but I like it.

Mukul: Tell me about your process of making music?
Daisuke: Music is like making films. Like you want to create something say scary movies, you don’t have to make something look scary or something, its just the feelings. Sometimes it works opposite, some scary scenes can go with peaceful music. It makes it scarier sometimes, because there is an irony.

Mukul: Yeah, I get it. So you consider your music ‘Cinematic’?
Daisuke: Yeah, totally!

Mukul: You create music with your emotions and how you feel. What’s that one emotion that plays as a recurring motif in your sound?
Daisuke: I don’t really start making a track by an emotion, I simply decide that I am going to make music today,  and then put some emotion after that, that’s the order. So, it depends really. Once it starts, it takes it’s own direction, until it’s finished. There is a way to finish the track, a climax. It is like an emotional journal or diary with its own story to tell.

Mukul: Do you think travel has been an important part of your music?
Daisuke: Definitely, traveling around means accepting many things that you never imagined or  thought. While being in India for example, I discovered that people drive cars crazily – that’s the way – of India. You got to accept it, it makes you more opened as an individual.

Mukul: You travelled in India 18 years ago? How old were you and what was it like?
Daisuke: I was around 22 years old and that was the first time being abroad by myself. I have been to some resort travels with my family, but India was the first country  I actually visited on my own and its another world! Since I only knew Japanese culture then, it was pure culture shock.

Mukul: Where did you travel?
Daisuke: I went to Calcutta and then to New Delhi and to Varanasi.

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Mukul: What is your favourite food?
Daisuke: Anywhere? (Laughs) can you pick one for yourself?
Mukul: Are you asking me? For me, I’d say Pizza and salad.
Daisuke: (laughs) Ok then, I’d say rice for me.

Mukul: Great, are you mountain or sea person?
Daisuke: River and pond but not seaside. Seas are too huge for me. I am kind of scared. I like mountains but I like plains more.

Mukul: What is that one idea or feeling that you’d like to share with the world?
I think we’re losing the quintessential feeling of sentimentality. That indescribable feeling is very important, especially after the Internet, globalization and everything else happened. Everyone is aware of what everyone else is doing. Many years ago, one had to write a letter to someone to say ‘hello’, and the person would wait for that letter and in that wait, think about it, the person and the sentiment involved. There was no way of confirming if the other friend is all right or not, there was a mystery, a beauty. Now you can see Twitter or Instagram. There is no wonder, curiosity or that kind of sentiment. I think it is totally disappeared. I like that feeling, it’s poeticand I wish there was a way to bring it back.

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